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The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
January 14, 2002

Issue - 148

In this Issue

Message from the Editor

Are Children with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Ed Services?

Section 504 and ADD/ADHD

Discipline & ADD/ADHD Child by Pete Wright

ADD: Developmental, Parenting, Treatment Issues by Pam Wright

Reinventing Our Schools by Thom Hartmann

ADD/ADHD Topics Page

Good Books about ADD/ADHD

Spring 2002 Schedule

Subscription & Contact Info




Knowledge is power. Our goals are to help you gain knowledge and skills to navigate the confusing world of special education. In this issue of The Special Ed Advocate, we will look at special education services for children with ADD/ADHD.

Highlights: Eligibility under IDEA and Section 504; discipline and the ADHD child by Pete Wright; developmental and parenting issues; Thom Hartmann makes his case about reinventing our schools; new ADD/ADHD topics page; prevention research; spring 2002 schedule.

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Message From the Editor

Are children with ADD/ADHD eligible for special education services under the IDEA? Are children with ADD/ADHD eligible for accommodations and modifications under Section 504? Can these children be suspended or expelled? (Answers: Maybe, maybe, maybe).

Children with Attention Deficit Disorders often have other problems that affect their learning and behavior. Many children have learning disabilities; some have Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, school personnel often blame children for behavior that is related to these neurobiological conditions. You need to learn about the child's disability, legal rights and responsibilities, and how to advocate for the child.

Are Children with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Ed Services under IDEA?

Many people write to ask whether children with ADD/ADHD are eligible for special education under the IDEA. For many readers, the answer is a clear "Yes." For others, the answer is an equally clear "No!" What do you think?

Are Children with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Education Services Under IDEA? discusses eligibility issues, and gives readers a Game Plan that will help them learn more about these thorny issues. Read article 

Section 504 and Children with ADD/ADHD

Memorandum from OCR clarifies school's responsibility to evaluate children with ADD/ADHD; includes Questions and Answers about ADD, Section 504 and IDEA, evaluations, more. For example:

Q: Can a school district refuse to provide special education services to a child with ADD because he or she does not meet the eligibility criteria under the IDEA?
A: No.

Section 504 and Children with ADD/ADHD

Discipline and the ADHD Child by Pete Wright

In response to a grandparent's plea for help, Pete shares four rules of discipline; what he did, never did, and why. "If we can teach elephants, lions and tigers to behave, we can teach our ADHD children to behave." Read  Discipline and the ADHD Child by Pete Wright.

ADD/ADHD: Developmental, Parenting and Treatment Issues by Pam Wright

Typically the child with ADD experiences problems in learning, peer relationships, self-esteem, mood, behavior, and family relationships. This article discusses child development from infancy through elementary school and offers suggestions about how to help the child grow up to be a healthy adult. Read ADD/ADHD: Developmental, Parenting and Treatment Issues

Reinventing Our Schools by Thom Hartmann

Thought-provoking article by Thom Hartmann, author of several best-selling books about ADD/ADHD and education. Describes two "world views" of ADD, discusses low stimulation and high stimulation classrooms. Read Reinventing Our Schools by Thom Hartmann

ADD/ADHD Topics Page

For more articles, legal resources, recommended books, free publications, and a short list of information and support groups, about educating children with ADD/ADHD, visit the ADD/ADHD Topics Page.

Master Topics From A-Z Page

Good Books About ADD/ADHD

Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students with LD & ADHD Give You to Tools for Academic Success. Mooney, Cole 

Inspiring, practical book was written by 2 college students; includes practical strategies for kids to use: notebook organization, note taking, test taking, cramming, reading, and more. More information about Learning Outside the Lines

How to Reach and Teach ADD/ADHD Children: Practical Techniques, Strategies, & Interventions for Helping Children With Attention Problems and Hyperactivity
by Sandra F. Rief. 

Includes management techniques that promote on-task behavior and language arts, & multi- sensory instruction strategies to maintain attention and keep students involved. How to Reach & Teach ADD/ADHD Children.

Teaching the Tiger : A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students With Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Marilyn P. Dornbush and Sheryl K. Pruitt 

Excellent book for special educators, counselors, social workers, school psychologists, classroom teachers, and paraprofessionals will find it a useful resource." More info about Teaching the Tiger

Maybe You Know My Kid : A Parent's Guide to Identifying, Understanding, and Helping Your Child With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by Mary Cahill Fowler.

Guide for parents whose children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder . . . describes scientific advances, clinical breakthroughs and discusses the education of children who suffer from ADHD; practical guidelines and suggestions for improving educational performance.

ADD: A Different Perception (revised) by Thom Hartmann gives examples of successful, creative, and dynamic individuals throughout history who were undoubtedly affected by ADD. 

Spring 2002 Schedule

Are you interested in learning more about special education law and advocacy? Our spring schedule also includes stops in Cleveland, OH; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Racine, Wisconsin; Richmond, VA; South Carolina; Montgomery County, MD; and Minot, ND.

Feb 20, 2002. Cleveland, OH. Sponsors: Cuyahoga County Bar Association & Special Education Legal Services. Contact Bar Association at 216-621-5112 or Special Education Legal Services at 216-289-IDEA. Download flyer.

February 23, 2002: Chicago, IL. Sponsor: Special Connections. Conference will be held at Niles North High School. For info, email Contact@special-connections.org or call Special Connections 312-914-0591

March 2, 2002. Columbus, OH. Children's Hospital Education Center. For info, call 614-722-4949.

March 8-9, 2001. Wrightslaw Boot Camp, Racine WI. Pending.

March 22-23, 2002. 2-day program, Partners in Policymaking, Richmond, VA. (Closed to public)

April 3-4, 2002. Wrightslaw Boot Camp, Columbia, SC. Pending.

April 13, 2002. Montgomery County, Maryland. Sponsored by Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County (LDAMC). For info, email or call 301-933-1076

April 26-27, 2002. Wrightslaw Boot Camp, Minot, ND. Sponsored by Pathfinder Services of North Dakota. For details, call 800-245-5840 or 701-837-7500.

If you are interested in having the Wrights speak at a conference or event, please read the Schedule Page.

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